Some of the most effective places to locate wonderful vintage outfit fashion jewelry are thrift shops. You’ve seen the huge shops – A good reputation, Salvation Military, Savers … and then there are the charity shops run by churches and also non-profits. All of them get contributed jewelry, and I have located some impressive pieces in thrift shops. It seems to me that the bigger chain stores have far better rates than the smaller sized charity stores, however it actually depends on that is pricing the fashion jewelry when they put it out available for sale. Some shop workers are really savvy regarding values, however some aren’t and also they frequently price fashion jewelry extremely low. Maybe they figure that if it isn’t actual gold it isn’t worth much. Great for us!
Second hand shop shopping has lost the stigma of being just junk stores or locations where the down-and-out store.
A great suggestion is to end up being friendly with the staff of the stores that you visit. One staff lets me rummage with the precious jewelry containers prior to she rates them and also places them out on the flooring. An additional allows me know when they obtain a huge amount of fashion jewelry given away.
Figure out when the shop has their specials. One store in my town has a 30% Senior discount rate on Wednesdays. Think which day is my shopping day!
In some cases the store management will place a large quantity of jewelry in a plastic bag as well as market the bag for a set price. If you locate these, examine the bag as carefully as you can – you will not be permitted to open it, and there’s great deals of scrap therein, primarily stuff that really did not market, and also commonly great deals of plastic Mardi Gras beads. I acquired these bags a few times, and also it was enjoyable arranging through every little thing, but I wound up donating a lot of it to a retirement home for crafts tasks. I have actually located a few truly good pieces by doing this, yet I don’t believe it was actually worth the moment and trouble.
The majority of thrift stores have a glass situation where they keep the far better stuff. Ask to see items that interest you, and also analyze them very closely. Look closely at the racks where they generally hang the cheaper things. I located a sterling silver Indigenous American belt fastening, with a blue-green rock in it as well as authorized by the musician, awaiting a zip lock bag on a rack. I acquired it for $2.80 and also sold it on eBay for $52! It was severely stained, however I brightened it up as well as it was lovely.
There always seem to be lots of watches in those situations. Be careful of copies of famous makes, and purchase just name brands that you acknowledge. Make certain the band is in great problem which there are no scratches on the crystal. The watch most likely will not be functioning, so plan to invest $5 to $7 for a battery. If you’re purchasing for resale, be sure to include the price of a battery to see if the watch is worth purchasing. You’re taking a chance there – it could not function also after a brand-new battery is set up.
Whether you are buying precious jewelry for your own collection or for resale, there are a number of points to seek when taking a look at thrift store jewelry.
- Problem, problem, condition: You are going to come across all kinds of jewelry in all sort of problem. Look for broken holds, missing out on stones, put on metal finishes, and also any type of green product on gold tone jewelry. The eco-friendly stuff is corrosion, as well as it can’t be cleaned off. Hand down that one. Examine that stone setups are tight, and if they aren’t, beware with the piece – you must be able to tighten them. If the item is dirty you can cleanse it. Bring a jewelry expert’s loupe or strong magnifying glass so you can examine the piece closely.
- Is the piece authorized? The name on the back of a pin or jewelry, on the clasp of a pendant or arm band, or on an earring clip is the “signature” of the designer. Authorized pieces can be more valuable than anonymous, however there are additionally many “anonymous appeals” around. Look for the name, and if there is a copyright sign ©, that indicates the item was made after about 1955. No icon – you possibly have a genuine vintage item. Seek the numbers 925 on silver precious jewelry – that indicates it’s sterling silver, as well as if the cost is right, you have actually got a steal.
- Price: It’s tough to put a cost on second hand shop jewelry – the less costly, the much better, naturally! I try not to invest more than $3 for a pin, arm band, pendant or set of jewelry. You might come across something truly spectacular that expenses more, and also if you assume you can make money from it, or you want it on your own, proceed and buy it. A good rule of thumb when shopping thrift shops is this: If you like it however aren’t sure, set yourself a limitation, say $5. If it ends up being not so great, you’re not out that much. As stated, some second hand store staff members know even more about jewelry, and also will value some items too expensive for you to sell and earn a profit. But there seems to be quite a bit of staff member turn over in these shops, so the following individual pricing jewelry may not be as educated.
After Christmas is a good time to grab Christmas fashion jewelry. Some stores will certainly mark down holiday items to get rid of them, various other stores simply save them away for next year.
I like shopping at thrift shops – just like Forrest Gump’s box of delicious chocolates, you never understand what you’re going to obtain. Every journey is a witch hunt. Some days are slim pickin’s, however some days are extremely satisfying. Just the other day I got 10 pieces for $15 – a number of are sterling silver, as well as one item may be jade – I’m still unsure.
Be consistent in your thrift store shopping. Attempt to go out weekly, and learn when the stores have their special promotions. Most of the big chain stores put out brand-new merchandise all day, a few other stores replenish on certain days. Discover when those are, and also arrive early.